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E02469: Coptic transcript of a court hearing, from Jeme (Upper Egypt), mentions a feast and service for Apa *Ananias (possibly S01224), datable to the 7th/8th century.

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posted on 07.03.2017, 00:00 by gschenke
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In this text a wife accepts the punishment for her husband which seemingly consists of not being allowed to attend the service and feast for the saint Ananias, until the dues are paid.

Lines 5–10 read as follows:

ⲡⲉϫⲉ ⲧⲉϥⲥϩⲓⲙⲉ ϫⲉ ⲉϥϭⲙϭⲟⲙ ⲛϥⲃⲓ ⲛ̣ⲁ̣ ϣⲁϥⲃⲓ ⲛⲁⲁ ⲡⲓ̣ ⲧ̣ⲉ̣ⲛ̣ⲓ̣ⲟⲛ ϩ̣ⲣ̣ⲁⲓ ⲛⲥⲟⲟⲩⲧⲛ <ⲧⲛ>ⲥⲱϣⲧ <ⲙ>ⲡϣⲁ ⲙⲛ ⲧⲕⲁⲗⲏⲗⲁ
ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲛⲁⲛⲓⲁⲥ ϣⲁⲛⲧϥϯ ⲛϣⲟϥⲧ ⲙⲙⲏⲛⲁ

'His wife said: "He will be strong and bear these. He accepts mercy …?. Straight away, we stop (attending?) the feast and the service for Apa Ananias, until he gives a handful to Menas.'

(Text: A. Erman and W. E. Crum, trans. G. Schenke)

History

Evidence ID

E02469

Saint Name

Ananias, bishop in the Theban area : S01224

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲛⲁⲛⲓⲁⲥ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document Late antique original manuscripts - Ostracon/Pot-sherd

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

799

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

799

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Jeme

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Jeme Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Source

The ostracon with this fragmentary text is housed in the papyrus collection in Berlin, P.Berol. inv. 8716. The text has been dated on palaeographical grounds.

Bibliography

Edition: Erman, A., and Crum, W.E., Ägyptische Urkunden aus den koeniglichen Museen zu Berlin, Koptische Urkunden vol. 1 (Berlin, 1904), 89.

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